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-Raymond Leroy Galitz-

Raymond Leroy Galitz, 95, of Columbus Junction, died Saturday, October 31, 2009 at Colonial Manor in Columbus Junction.  Funeral services will be held Wednesday, November 4, 2009 at 10:30 a.m. at the Stacy-Lewis Home for Funeral and Cremation Services in Columbus Junction.  Pastor Al Coffin will officiate the services.  Burial will be in the Columbus City Cemetery with full military rites provided by the Allen Wright Hanft Post #100.  Casketbearers will be Paul Steward, Pat Steward, Mike Galitz, Amanda Galitz, Kevin Seifert and Dori Marten.  Visitation for Raymond was held on Tuesday, November 3, from 4:00 P.M. to 7:00 P.M. at the Stacy-Lewis Home for Funeral and Cremation Services.   A memorial has been established at the funeral home in Raymond’s name. Condolence notes may be left for the Galitz family at www.lewisfuneralhomes.com

Raymond Leroy Galitz was born on October 24, 1914 in Low Moor, Iowa, son of Herman and Fanny (Newmarch) Galitz.  On June 16, 1937, Raymond was united in marriage to Geraldine Seifert in DeWitt, Iowa.  Following her passing, Raymond was united in marriage to Marian Jean Rutt on December 29, 1984 in Columbus Junction.  Raymond served with the United States Navy during WWII.  Raymond worked as a mechanic for Allis Chalmers in Donahue, then Abe O’Donnell as a logger and truck driver in Columbus Junction, and retired from Rath Packing.  Raymond was a past member of the St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Columbus Junction, past member of the Donahue American Legion, current member of the Columbus Junction American Legion, Allen Wright Hanft Post #100.  Raymond was an avid Cubs fan who enjoyed fishing, golfing and spending time with his family, especially the grandchildren.

Raymond will be dearly missed by his children, Patricia Kroeger of Donahue, Judy Steward and her husband, Bill of Long Grove, and Dennis Galitz and his wife, Ruth of Columbus Junction; special “son” Jim Seifert and his wife, Leona of Donahue; four step-children, Suzanne Moeller and her husband, Robert of Mt. Pleasant, MI, Carolyn Whitcher of Cedar Rapids, Richard Rutt of Beaverton, OR, and Robert Rutt of San Francisco, CA; five grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren; five great-great-grandchildren, five step-grandchildren; three step-great-grandchildren; brothers and sisters, Millie Smith of Davenport, John Galitz and his wife, Rose of DeWitt, Jo Brennemann and her husband, Todd of Des Moines and Grace Johnson and her husband, Bob of Texas.

Raymond was preceded in death by his parents; wives, Geraldine and Jean, four sisters, Vera, Alice, Minnie and Fern; three brothers, Bill, Harold and Harry and one son-in-law, Duane Kroeger.

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